Google constructed a processor only for AI
Google is not any stranger to constructing hardware for its knowledge facilities, however it’s now going as far as to design its personal processors. The web big has revealed the Tensor Processing Unit, a customized chip constructed expressly for machine studying. As Google does not want excessive precision for synthetic intelligence duties, the TPU is concentrated extra on uncooked operations per second than anything — it is an “order of magnitude” quicker in AI than typical processors at comparable power ranges. It is area-environment friendly, too, becoming into the onerous drive bays in knowledge middle racks.
The enjoyable half? You’ve got already seen what TPUs can do. Google has been quietly utilizing them for over a yr, they usually’ve dealt with every thing from enhancing map high quality to securing AlphaGo’s victory over the human Go champion. The AI might each transfer quicker and predict additional forward because of the chip, Google says. You will not get to purchase the chip your self, alas, however you may simply discover its influence as AI turns into an ever extra necessary half of Google’s providers.